Every year the Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) conducts the Joint Entrance Examination (JEE) Main. Many students apply for the exam. As per the report released by the National Test Agency (NTA), a total of 11,18,673 candidates have been registered, out of which 9,21,261 for B.E./B.Tech., 1,38,409 for B. Arch. and 59,003 for B Planning. Every Year about 25% to 30% clear the exam for JEE advance leaving behind a huge percentage of those who does not clear the exam. Those who score fewer marks in the exam make you sad, then don’t need to worry. There are plenty of alternate options available to help you shape your career in the way you always wanted.
Here are five paths that you can follow:
Let’s have a look about Here are five paths that you can follow:
Wait for the main result and prepare for advanced
If you believe that you have not done well enough to score the qualifying marks for JEE Advance, do not give up completely. Even if you may not qualify for an IIT, many other reputed universities consider admission through the JEE score.
“If the student scores around 180-200 in the JEE Main, the chances of getting into NITs are bright,” says Venkat Ramana, JEE exam head of TIME Hyderabad.
The National Institutes of Technology (NITs) and the Indian Institute of Science (IISc) accept students with JEE main and advanced scores. IISc has been ranked first among Indian universities in the recent NIRF rankings released by the HRD Ministry. Hence, there is no need to panic about IITs if you have a chance of getting a seat in the “next best” engineering institutes.
Apply other Entrance Exams
Even if you didn’t score well enough in JEE mains, many prestigious technical institutions would conduct their own entrance examinations. These exams may be easier to crack than the JEE entrances, and the universities promise a bright career for the students.
“There are other alternative engineering exams like BITs, VIT, SRM and state entrances, clearing which will give students access to many great engineering colleges,” says Ramesh Batlish, centre head of FITJEE Noida.
“Students can check the mistakes they made in the JEE mains and use the knowledge to do better in these other entrances. It will be simpler to crack because most of these exams’ syllabus parallels that of CBSE and JEE main,” says Hemanth Goteti, co-founder of Toppr.com.
“Alternatively, many private engineering colleges in India are few good options for such students who aspire to achieve their career goals. These students should focus on further preparation and SWOT analysis of their performance to excel in life,” says Silky Jain, executive director of Tula’s Institute.
Choose a different course
Students should not limit their potential to a single field that is not easy to crack. Engineering is not the only proper career path for science students.
“Students who are from the PCM background can pursue careers as Bachelors of Science in either maths, statistics, physics, electronics and other such courses,” says Jaideep Gupta, CEO and Founder of University. He adds that PCB backgrounds can even take on BSc in biology, biotechnology, biochemistry, zoology and botany. Students can also take economics, BBA, political science, psychology, hotel management, mass communication and journalism. The options for a student of the science stream are limitless.
Study in a Foreign Country
Several universities across the world offer exciting courses in engineering and other science subjects that can push students towards either professionalism or academic research. Students will have to clear their SATs, TOEFL and other exams. They also need to get a student visa. Though studying abroad is a good option, but it is expensive at the same time.
Take a year drop
For those who are confident enough to score well in the JEE next time when they try. It is recommended only if you are dead certain about pursuing your engineering only from an IIT.
Experts advise caution against this move and warn that a “dropout” tag can have a negative effect. Additionally, there is a possibility of changes in the examination over the span of a year. The government plans to begin a common entrance examination like NEET for all engineering colleges in the country. So take the dropping of a year as the last option.
If you had missed your target by a small distance only, then taking a year back would be advisable. It’s doubtful that one would get a 298 in the next mains; you might end up with a 188 or so, which would land you in a very new NIT in a branch you have never heard of (even in the worst-case scenario). There’s another side to the same; if you really think you can do it and take an oath to do the same, you can get into an IIT/NIT into a good branch. Even the toughest times seem pleasant in an institution like those. All the best in estimating yourself. I hope you take a good decision.
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